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Sandra Bullock film leapfrogs New Moon at US box office

Sandra Bullock and Quint Aaron
The film sees Bullock's character take on the challenge of a troubled teenager

Sandra Bullock film The Blind Side has knocked The Twilight Saga: New Moon off the top of the US box office chart, according to early estimates.

The film - which took $20.4m (£12.5m) - was released two weeks ago and was at number two until now.

The film stars Bullock as a woman whose family adopts a homeless teen who ends up playing professional US football.

"How outstanding is it to have a movie at number one in its third weekend?" said Warner's Jeff Goldstein.

He added that the film, which is based on a true story, had done more than double the business he had expected.


War drama Brothers was the second highest new entry at three, behind the Twilight sequel.

The remake of a 2004 Danish film made $9.7m (£5.9m) and stars Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhall.

Disney's A Christmas Carol moved back up the chart one place to four.

1 The Blind Side - $20.4m (£12.5m)
2 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $15.7m (£9.6m)
3 Brothers - $9.7m (£5.9m)
4 Disney's A Christmas Carol - $7.5m (£4.6m)
5 Old Dogs - $6.9m (£4.2m)

Family comedy Old Dogs slipped one place to five while heist thriller Armored tied with 2012 for sixth spot, both making $6.6m (£4m).

Ninja Assassin dropped two places to number eight, as did Planet 51 - now at nine.

Everybody's Fine, an update of a 1990 Italian film, was a new entry at 10 - it stars Robert De Niro as a pensioner who goes on a journey to seek out his grown-up children.

Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said cinema takings will finish at $10.6bn (£6.47bn), which would easily overtake the all-time high of $9.68bn (£5.91bn) two years ago.

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